All too often we that the business people we deal with do not know what they want, in this first article in a series Michael presents some ideas on how to talk to them and how to explore their needs. In this article he discusses how to manage a conversation, explore the needs and clarify expectations.
The book fifty quick ideas to improve your user stories aims to help people to write better user stories, supporting teams in iteratively delivering products that satisfy the needs of their customers. InfoQ interviewed Gojko Adzic about the format of his new book, when and when not to use user stories, the ideas that the book provides, organizing product backlogs and prioritizing user stories.
The book Improving Software Development Productivity contains practices, models and case studies to quantitatively support adoption of agile software development. An interview with Randall Jensen about measuring and improving productivity, contribution of agile to productivity, benefits from pair programming and teams, knowledge retention in maintenance and commandments for communication.
Lisette Sutherland and Elinor Slomba are sharing stories on working in remote teams. They show how remote teams collaborate, bridge distance, build trust and get things done together.
The third article from a series on Leading Self-Organising Teams covers what it means to lead a self-organising team.
Keith Richards looks at how to succeed with agile in a distributed context. His findings are sometimes surprising and he asserts that to some extent nearly all work is ‘distributed’ in some form.
A lot of the pain that large and medium-sized organizations are facing boils down to scaling. At Jimdo, the approach to scaling relies on three major factors: culture, communication, and kaizen.
Robert Pankowecki is writing Developers Oriented Project Management, a book which aims to help professionals to improve project management practices and move towards more flat organizations.
Do you find it hard to say no when others ask you for help - even when you are already too busy? In this article, we examine the problem of chronic overcommitment, what causes it and some solutions. 2
Some 80% of all improvement and change programmes fail. Intelligent Evolution ensures long-term business success rather than short-term satisfaction of a standard or theory.
Developers hate writing down anything that isn’t code. But there are times on a project when a little documentation can go a long way. In this article, we discuss when and why to write things down. 5
InfoQ has interviewed Simon Baker, cofounder of Energized Work and the 2009 recipient of the Agile Alliance Gordon Pask Award, author of the "No bull" publication on the past 12 years of Agile. 2